Saturday, 15 December, 2018

'Couldn't believe my eyes': social media lights up with SpaceX satellite launch

7 2018 and provided by Justin Borja a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch is seen in the distance over the Golden Gate Bridge near Sausalito Calif. When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satelli Social media lights up with SpaceX satellite launch
Doris Mccormick | 08 October, 2018, 23:42

Part of it was from the recovery of the rocket's first-stage booster, which landed back at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.

Taking off at about 19:21 local time (02:21 GMT), the first stage of the rocket returned safely to the air base about eight minutes later.

"We're all about creating an experience that we can remember moving forward, and create memories as a family, and this is definitely something that's gonna be ingrained forever", said mother Frankie Podrat.

The satellite is the first of two from Argentina.

A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018.

The night sky is lit up above Vandenberg Air Force Base Calif. during the launch of a SpaceX rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satellite Sunday Oct. 7 2018. The bright spot at upper left is the 2nd stage heading to orbit while the bright

Scores of people across San Diego County watched - and in many cases photographed - the contrail of a Falcon 9 rocket that soared into space on Sunday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc.

SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched its first West Coast satellite. Most likely this is related to the SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket which launched around 7:30 p.m. SpaceX tweeted to confirm the successful landing.

Later, SpaceX reported that the SAOCOM 1A radar satellite was placed in its proper pole-to-pole orbit. The mission's main goal is to collect soil moisture information. The mission will also help planners and emergency-management officials keep tabs on wildfires, floods and other disasters.

A handsome sky show following Falcon 9's launch. Both spacecraft will make similar observations from orbit, which will be integrated with measurements made by a network of Italian satellites.

Shortly afterward SpaceX confirmed that SAOCOM 1A had been successfully deployed in record time. Its acronym is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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